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Is the U.S. Surface Temperature Record Reliable? BY ANTHONY WATTS SurfaceStations.org How do we know global warming is a problem if we can’t trust the U.S. temperature record?
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THE HEARTLAND INSTITUTE 19 South LaSalle Street #903 Chicago, Illinois 60603 www.heartland.org © 2009 SurfaceStations.org. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this report or portions thereof in any form. ISBN 13: 978-1-934791-29-5 ISBN 10: 1-934791-26-6 Opinions expressed are solely those of the authors. Nothing in this report should be construed as reflecting the views of The Heartland Institute, or as an attempt to influence pending legislation. Additional copies of this book are available from The Heartland Institute for the following prices: 1-10 copies $12.99 per copy 11-50 copies $10.99 per copy 51-100 copies $ 8.99 per copy 101 or more $ 6.99 per copy Please use the following reference to the whole report: Anthony Watts, Is the U.S. Surface Temperature Record Reliable? Chicago, IL: The Heartland Institute, 2009. A BOUT THE A UTHOR Anthony Watts is a 25-year broadcast meteorology veteran and currently chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio. He got his start as on-air meteorologist for WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Indiana and at KHSL-TV in Chico, California. In 1987, he founded ItWorks, which supplies broadcast graphics systems to hundreds of cable television, television, and radio stations nationwide. ItWorks supplies custom weather stations, Internet servers, weather graphics content, and broadcast video equipment. In 2007, Watts founded SurfaceStations.org, a Web site devoted to photographing and documenting the quality of weather stations across the U.S. A CKNOWLEDGMENTS The author thanks Gary Boden, for his extensive work in implementing Excel and Google Earth algorithms, plus quality control; Evan M. Jones, for his untiring assistance in station surveys and quality control checking; Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr., Colorado State University, for his guidance and assistance in providing resources that enabled this project to become a reality; Barry Wise, for his assistance in linking Google Earth to the SurfaceStations.org photo gallery; and the more than 650 volunteers who have tirelessly driven thousands of miles to survey and report stations, with particular thanks to the volunteers who have surveyed 25 or more stations, including Craig Limesand, Eric Gamberg, John Goetz, Don Kostuch, Russell Steele, Kristen Byrnes, and Liz and Don Healey. I also thank Steve McIntyre, who provided a large measure of assistance in collating station data.
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Is the U.S. Temperature Record Reliable? By Anthony Watts SurfaceStations.org Executive Summary Global warming is one of the most serious issues of our times. Some experts claim the rise in temperature during the past century was “unprecedented” and proof that immediate action to reduce human greenhouse gas emissions must begin. Other experts say the warming was very modest and the case for action has yet to be made.
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